Free Rail Zone
From Portland Afoot
TriMet introduced bus fares to the area and changed the area's name in 2009, calling it a revenue-boosting measure.
 Proposal for elimination
In 2011 and 2012, both TriMet and the Portland Streetcar proposed removing their vehicles from the Free Rail Zone, eliminating it. See full articles: 2011 Streetcar fare hike proposal, 2012 TriMet cuts.
In past years, TriMet's fare losses for operating the Free Rail Zone's have been offset by:
- a Business Energy Tax Credit pass-through from the City of Portland, in exchange for extending it to Lloyd Center
- about $350,000 from the City of Portland's hotel-motel tax take, also for the Lloyd Center extension
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